Les Garagistes

Is a French term that describes small-scale, progressive winemakers who have very basic facilities but make outstanding wines. The movement started in Bordeaux in the 1980s and has spread worldwide. Les garagistes- winemakers who break all traditions and spurn the idea that one needs millions of dollars to start a quality winemaking facility- make world-class wines in their garages (or similarly sized facility). Many of the wines are among the most sought after in the world. The point is that having lots of space and equipment is great, but the grapes and hte person making the decisions are what really count.